Baroka is the “baale” or village head of Ilujinle Village. He is sixty-two years of age. In The Lion and the Jewel, Baroka is projected as an upholder of African customs and tradition.
Lakunle is a village school teacher in Ilujinle Village. He is said to be in his early twenties, adjudged more precisely to be “nearly twenty-three”. He makes passes at Sidi and claims to love her and wants to marry her.
Therefore, the title is suggestive of two of the play’s main characters and their individual features, and of the wily lion’s subtle conquest of the jewel as a lion would a prey. The title no doubt resonates with inner struggle in the play.